Improving services for vulnerable populations

Program start 2016
Impacted population 250,000

FXB Rwanda is conducting a programme to build the capacity of vulnerable populations in the Musanze and Burera districts.

Context

Rwanda is still affected by the 1994 genocide, during which nearly one million Tutsis were massacred. The democratically elected Rwandan Patriotic Front gradually restored order, security and then civil service and ensured the stability of the country.

Rwanda was one of the few countries that had been able to achieve most of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Substantial progress has been made in poverty reduction, education and HIV prevention. Despite these successes, Rwanda is still a poor country, ranked 158th out of 189 by the latest UNDP Human Development Index in 2018. It faces significant development challenges. Chronic malnutrition, poor infrastructure, lack of access to electricity, early childhood development, child mortality, the quality of education and the prevention of violence against children all require sustained attention.

Our action

The programme uses a family-centered approach to strengthen the capacity of households to improve their economic conditions through internal savings and credit groups, financial education and microenterprise development.

It also aims to reduce health-related vulnerabilities through interventions such as early childhood development, nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation, health education, and the development of linkages between health care and communities. 

Program impact

This five-year project, locally called Twiyubake, is funded by USAID/PEPFAR and implemented by Global Communities and six Rwandan partners. Running from 2016 to 2020 in 12 districts, its goal is to help 50,000 vulnerable families – 250,000 children, youth and adults – reduce their vulnerabilities.

FXB Rwanda implements this programme in two districts, Musanze and Burera.

Testimonial

My father and I raise chickens and goats which I sell on the markets of the surrounding villages. It is a real success for us: thanks to this regular income, we can feed the whole family three times a day.

Taha